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    Photos from a moving car.

    A friend wants me to go on a road trip today. Basically it will be a few drop-offs and pick-ups, no real stops except for gas and coffee. I would like to bring a camera and do some "through the window" photography.
    Thought I might bring along one of my P&S cameras loaded with tri-x. Any suggestions ?

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    Clean the windows, or wind them down!

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    aim to take blurry pics, then when they are blurry... you have what you aimed for

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    Work from the side windows when you can, preferably clean or rolled down. Many windshields are curved and distort the image when viewed through a lens. I often get frustrated bird watching due to my windshield. That is if you don't want the distortion of course... Oh yeah, rain shots on the glass can be kind of cool and they convey the car sense-of-place well.

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    make the camera focus at infinity ( if you can do that ).
    farther away will be "static" closest to you will show movement ..

    have fun
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    I agree with all of the above, except that sometimes through the windshield tells the story you want.



    Also, as noted, the anticipation should be for "fun" photos, not "great" ones - unless you happen to encounter a UFO.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    If you shoot through side windows you enhance the blur due to car motion, but if you shoot through the windshield you get distortion from the curvature and you get elements of the dash in the picture.

    Whatever you do, don't let the flash go off, and put the camera lens as close to the window as possible, and keep the camera back as parallel to the window as possible.

    A lens hood making good contact with the window is a good idea to eliminate all reflection from the glass.

    Taking a good picture upside down in a jet plane is easier than taking one from a moving car. Believe me.

    Sometimes the blur of motion can be an enhancement to a picture.

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    I did a trip a few years ago and shot quite a few pictures through the windshield--roadside signs, black sky thunderstorms, sunlight reflecting off the highway, oncoming traffic with cloud formations, etc. I didn't print anything larger than 5x8 but the windshield of a 1999 Chevy Tahoe didn't distort things any (except for the bugs splat). The pictures fit pretty nicely into a documentary of the trip.

    Shooting out the side windows yielded exactly zero--too much motion blur. Shooting straight on through the windshield was okay. Focus was on infinity the entire time.

    I was using a Leica with 50mm lens. My wife was a bit concerned since I was driving and shooting at the same time. That's really worse than talking on the cellphone and driving. I'd suggest you shoot while a passenger only.

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    Hope for a bright day, set reasonable aperture/shutter and set appropriate infinity focus... attached pic was sunny f16 based. 1/1000 @ f8, infinity on f8 scale mark (hp5+), camera held close to front windscreen (i.e. not composed thru finder)
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    My buddy did this while he was driving from MA. to CA. alone.
    Kind of dangerous but from what he said, he would take a disposable camera and just hail-mary it without looking at all. Some of his pictures were quite interesting.

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